We are now five years removed from the 2017 NFL Draft. Who stands out as the best pick in each round?
It takes more than nailing the early picks to build a championship contender. Teams who want to build rosters capable of winning the Super Bowl need to land multiple players that contribute in almost every round of the draft over the course of a couple of seasons. There are players drafted almost every year that start for teams, make Pro Bowls, and get named All-Pro during their career. All of which make people question why they were drafted as low as they were or why they weren’t drafted at all.
The fair time to judge a draft selection is after the player finishes their third year in the league. That is when those in the media can determine if a player was a great value selection or a bust. The league feels similarly about this since teams must decide after a first-round player’s third season whether to pick up their guaranteed fifth-year option or not.
What dictated the players who were selected to this list was the value the player was at their selection. So the higher a player was taken, the higher expectations will be for that player. Earlier on players who are considered elite at their positions who have All-Pro acknowledgments or Pro Bowl appearances on their resume will make this list because players selected highly are expected to be among the best in their position.
2017 NFL Draft: Best Selection In Every Round
However, players selected later on have lower expectations. So if players drafted later become borderline Pro Bowlers or starting-caliber players for their team they are more likely to be considered the best player selected in their given round.
The 2017 NFL Draft was loaded with players that now are some of the highest-paid players at their position. So far the class has been defined by the three Pro Bowl quarterbacks that went in the first round, elite safeties, an extremely talented cornerback group, and arguably the greatest running back draft class of all time. Here are the best players that were drafted in each round of the 2017 NFL Draft.